What is unit 731

Three particularly cruel experiments

Plague and cholera. War provides unscrupulous scientists with both the “justification” and the “material” for large-scale experiments. For example, a secret division of the Japanese army, Unit 731, worked on the development of biological weapons in occupied China during World War II. From 1941 to 1944, prisoners of war were deliberately infected with pathogens in the laboratories of the “factories of death”. Thousands died. The number of Chinese civilian victims infected with plague and cholera in “field experiments” was even higher. The chief in charge, General Ishii Shiro (1892-1959), a trained medical practitioner, was never brought to justice; The American interest in the results of the monstrous research was too great.

Syphilis. Research marked by undisguised racism was not a specialty of Nazi science. In the so-called syphilis study of Tuskegee, a small town in Alabama, in a long-term experiment (1932–1972) by the US government, 399 African-American men suffering from syphilis were deliberately refused any therapy.

So the "natural" course of the disease should be researched. One of those responsible, John R. Heller (1905–1989), later defended his approach with the words: “The men were not patients, but subjects; not sick, but clinical material. ”Probably more than 100 of the men died as a result of the experiment.

Plutonium. Only in the context of the Cold War and the atomic age can we “understand” the approximately 4,000 different experiments by the US government, in which between 1944 and the early 1970s over 20,000 US citizens were irradiated, mostly without their knowledge. The US military wanted to find out, for example, how much uranium a worker in a nuclear factory can handle and at how much Becquerel radioactivity a soldier can still fight. Pregnant women, disabled children, prison inmates and cancer patients were also specifically irradiated, and the victim of a car accident was injected with plutonium. How many fatalities and injuries caused by the experiments is still being investigated today. Both crimes, the syphilis study and the radiation experiments, were only dealt with under President Bill Clinton, who apologized on behalf of the government. U.F. / O.H.